‘Crummy’ sitar used by Bea­tle on hit record sells for $63k

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THE sitar Ge­orge Har­ri­son played on Nor­we­gian Wood has been sold for $63,000 (€53,000). The Bea­tles star bought the in­stru­ment in Lon­don in 1965.

Har­ri­son said that he found a sitar in a shop called In­di­acraft on Lon­don’s Ox­ford Street ear­lier that year.

He said that it was ‘crummy qual­ity’ but he bought it any­way and ‘mucked about with it’.

The gui­tarist added: ‘We’d recorded the Nor­we­gian Wood back­ing track and it needed some­thing ... I picked the sitar up; I hadn’t re­ally fig­ured out what to do with it. It was quite spon­ta­neous: I found the notes that played the lick. It worked.’

The track is said to be the first pop song to fea­ture one.

In 1966, Har­ri­son and first wife Pat­tie Boyd went on hon­ey­moon to Bar­ba­dos where they stayed with her friend Ge­orge Drum­mond.

Har­ri­son had a new sitar flown out and gave the old one, right, to his host. It sold in LA for $63,000 and came with letters of au­then­tic­ity from Ms Boyd and Mr Drum­mond.

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